In ancient Greece there once lived a man named Diogenes. He was known to be eccentric, rude, witty, and distrustful of authority. I would add one of two traits to that description; that man was either very foolhardy, or very brave, for he even chose to be rude to Alexander the Great. Well, Alexander took that behavior in stride for he had nothing but the highest regard for Diogenes as this rude eccentric had a most unusual habit. Wherever he went, day or night, he always carried a lantern, in search of an honest man. Oh, he should walk the streets of our nation's capitol today; a fruitless walk to be certain but good exercise nonetheless, unless of course he gets mugged, or becomes a victim of the 'Knockout Game'.
Dealing with facts and employing reason has led me to become the ultimate skeptic and there are many who would regard me as a progenitor of doom and gloom. As the case may be, but I flatly refuse to embrace wishful thinking in the face of overwhelming evidence that wishes do not come true.
So many are now looking forward to the elections of 2014 and on a broader note, the elections of 2016. I cannot help but see both elections as a well choreographed drama designed to give hope where none is valid. I hate giving any credit at all to Hillary Clinton but for just this one time I shall quote her. "What difference does it make?"
Case in point:
There is a narrative taking place before us and come hell or high water it will be fulfilled. We hear great speeches, bold comments, and well phrased declarations of defiance from those who seek reelection in the Fall, but when the chips are down, they wave a solitary finger at us and follow the Progressive narrative.
This from Roll Call...
Six Republicans Senators Switched Their Debt Limit Votes
I hope that you will click that link. The article is very short, but quite revealing of what is truly taking place in Washington D.C.. The vote was taken with Republicans opposing an increased debt limit. The vote, as it stood, would have passed on a simple majority and still allow members of the GOP bragging rights on how they opposed it. Then a strange thing happened: In rode the Lone Ranger, i.e.: Ted Cruz, who managed to block the 'Nuclear Option' which would allow for a fifty one percent vote to pass the bill.
Cruz would not accept this nuclear option and so he forced a showdown requiring a minimum of sixty yea votes for passage. Uh Oh. Time to meet in the backroom, and so they did. And when they emerged six members of the GOP Senate flipped their vote. Unlike Ted Cruz, these men know how to play ball with the establishment. To further validate my skepticism they prohibited announcing who had changed their vote...but it still came out.
Excerpt from the above link:
The tally sheet is the only record of which senators may have switched their votes because the Senate clerk -- in a break with tradition --- didn't name names during the nearly hour long vote. Capitol Hill reporters are protesting that change, still within the rules, as lacking transparency.
Transparency -- That is what the GOP leaders accuse Obama of lacking. Well, I have heard that birds of a feather do flock together.
Those six Senators, apparently ashamed of their part in this vote are:
John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas. Jeff Flake of Arizone, Orrin Hatch of Utah, John McCain of Arizona, John Thune of South Dakota, and minority whip Mitch McConnell. Yes, I know that is seven, but Mitch McConnell had not voted at all in the original vote. Ashamed or not, they still follow orders, and the order was to pass that bill.
Being the political skeptic that I am, I would venture to say that if the vote required seventy instead of sixty, ten more would have flipped their vote as well. The narrative must and will go on! Needless to say, Ted Cruz is none too popular with his fellow Senators, as he exposed their puppet like behavior, but patriotic Americans love him. However, I cannot help but feel that Senator Cruz is fighting a valiant one man battle against a Progressive agenda that has been gaining momentum for the last century.
Still more on the story here:
This From Roll Call...
Cruz Calls Out GOP Leaders as Dishonest on Debt Issue
"Why is Congress at a 13 percent approval rating?" Cruz asked on the "Mark Levin Show" Thursday, "Because people don't like to be lied to."
And this from Yahoo News...
Cruz's demand ensnares GOP leaders on debt vote
Cruz showed no mercy in exposing Republican leaders to widespread criticism from their primary challengers over a procedural vote on the debt limit after their pronouncements about the imperative of spending cuts.
Loyalty is a noble trait, but it comes in many flavors. Among politicians there is loyalty to one's party, to one's constituents, and to one's country, and I might add, to an agenda. Ted Cruz is knowingly putting himself in harm's way as he boldly demonstrates the fact that his loyalty to those who elected him, and this nation, far exceeds any loyalty to a traitorous GOP establishment. Allen West did the same and he was quickly discarded, but not silenced. That leads me to wonder about Senator Cruz's future.
I admire any man who speaks bluntly, willing to take the hailstorm of criticism for doing so. I also admire any with the courage to be the point man in enemy territory. Ted Cruz does both.
This from Breitbart...
Ted Cruz: 'Hell Will Freeze Over' Before Establishment GOP Listens to American People
Cruz said earlier in the interview that many Republicans in the U.S. Congress wanted to increase the debt ceiling, "Make no mistake about it, Cruz said, "This was their desired outcome. An awful lot of Republicans wanted exactly what Barrack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid wanted, which was to raise the debt ceiling."
That bold statement well defines my views that nothing will be accomplished in the coming election. Most of that "awful lot of Republicans" are safely hiding their true agenda. Vast numbers of democratic Congressmen allow these RINOs to openly vote against the Obama agenda while knowing full well that said agenda is going to pass. Their voting a losing conservative platform is simply a way to once again be elected by gullible conservatives who trust them, but if it gets 'down and dirty' their loyalties lie with the Progressives. As for those who are dedicated to the people that elected them, and to this nation ... Few and far between.
The following may seem off topic, but it is not. This is an indicator that something is dreadfully wrong with this nation.
This from Roll Call...
Number of Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship Soars
It goes without saying that any nation will always have a certain number of malcontents, but there is a great difference in those malcontents who renounce their citizenship out of spite and those who are saying "I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore." Far more have chosen to leave the land of their birth than have taken the irrevocable step of actually renouncing their citizenship. It may be 500 to 1 or it may be 1000 to 1. I have no firm idea of the real ratio, but look at the graph below and note the upward trend since Hussein Obama took office.
People, something is wrong here. That Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor once beckoned to the desperate of foreign lands. Now the desperate are fleeing America in vast numbers. You know why, I know why, and Ted Cruz knows why, and he is trying to turn this nation around. However, I cannot help but believe that he is fighting an uphill battle and will fail. He is quite simply outnumbered. He keeps revealing truths, but until the people of this nation develop the anger and the courage shown by the citizens of Cairo as they demanded the removal of a dictator, nothing will change.
The voting machines and the illegal voters are rigged. You saw it in 2012 and you are going to see it again in 2014. The only thing that has changed is that the administration is stronger now than they were in 2012, and we are weaker. Anger, determination, a willingness to sacrifice, and taking to the streets in protest, is the only thing that can stop this Progressive agenda. Senator Cruz is leading a valiant struggle but he cannot do it without the support of every Patriot this nation can muster. Ted Cruz is a great leader but he cannot win the fight for us. The ball is in our court.
I opened this essay with thoughts of Diogenes and his frustrating search for an honest man. I shall close it on the same note. Were he indeed to walk the street of D.C. as I envisioned, it would be such a relief seeing him approach Ted Cruz. I believe that he would come close, pause, lean closer, and then hold his famed lantern next to the Senator's face and say, "There you are ... At last."
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